Knee-Deep in Childhood, Mud, & Magic!
Keystone Adventure School and Farm is an accredited art-based preschool and elementary school on a working farm in Edmond, Oklahoma. Our school and farm is located on 15 beautiful acres, with llamas, sheep, goats, donkeys, chickens, ducks, geese, a pond, a creek, an organic garden, and more.
Where Kids Love to Learn
All children are curious, and curiosity is the key that unlocks learning. When we recognize and give attention to the expression of a child’s curiosity, they are invigorated to keep asking questions. At Keystone, we provide unstructured time, space, and play needed for the child’s curiosity to expand at a child-directed pace. This allows our kids to develop the skills of strategic, self-directed learners.
Top 10 reasons parents choose Keystone:
- My child gets to be a kid!
- My child’s curiosity thrives.
- My child is included and inclusive.
- My child loves and is loved.
- My child enjoys learning.
- My child takes risks.
- My child gets dirty.
- My child is excited to be at school.
- My child is known.
- My child is safe.
A Day in the Life of a
We start our day in the pasture as we feed and care for the animals and clean up the pastures. We muck the pasture and collect manure for our worm bins, which then is composted and used in our garden.
After pasture, we all gather as a whole school to sing together, learn rhythm, experience different types of music, learn basic musical vocabulary, or even write a song together.
We then break to go to our multi-age classrooms to get down to the business of bonding and learning together. Each day brings a new adventure as we explore concepts in math, reading, writing, science, history, geography, and much more. At our core, we work to help foster critical thinking.
A good portion of each week is dedicated to working through various student-driven, exploratory projects in either a whole-school or individual classroom setting. For some more in-depth look at what this involves, check out our Multi-Age Project page.
We value lots of fresh air and outdoor play! Our hour of lunch and recess is filled with plenty of running, exploring, bike riding, tree climbing, and more. Plus, classes take breaks outside throughout the day as needed.
In the afternoons, the classrooms break out to explore aspects of physical education, technology, COG, or art. The whole class might go together, or small groups might go a few at a time. The schedule is rotated throughout the week so every child has plenty of exposure to these important activities.
At the end of every day, our students group into multi-age teams and clean up the campus by mopping, sweeping, taking out the trash, collecting recycling, etc. We firmly believe that this time of day is just as important as any other time or activity.
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